“To reduce COVID-19 illness and death, readiness planning must embrace the large-scale implementation of high-quality, non-pharmaceutical public health measures…such as case detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring/quarantining.”
– Joint China — World Health Organization Mission on COVID-19
Across the globe, the COVID-19 virus has taken millions of lives, pushed hospitals to the brink, and disrupted the very fabric of our society. As outbreaks continue to emerge and spread despite our collective efforts, there is no doubt that we are in this for the long haul. The variants are quicker, stronger, and more difficult to contain. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the key to preventing and controlling COVID-19 lies in its detection.
WHO has called on governments to “prioritize active, exhaustive case finding and immediate testing and isolation, painstaking contact tracing and rigorous quarantine of close contacts.” Testing more people and tracking them to make sure they do not spread the disease further is a critical part of any plan to suppress new waves of infections.